About Us

Catherine Farnell, Director, Heritage Arts and People

Catherine Farnell


Catherine originally worked as a professional archaeologist, excavating sites in this country and abroad. She subsequently retrained as a primary school teacher and now combines both her passions, teaching and archaeology, to develop new creative ways of engaging wider audiences in heritage.

Catherine enjoys working collaboratively to bring heritage ideas and concepts to life and has worked with organisations such the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the University of Exeter and South West Heritage Trust.

She has designed and produced creative educational resource packs for schools and libraries. This has included a children’s book called Noni the Blacksmith and developed and delivered workshops and family events across the South West.

Marie Leverett Heritage Arts and People, Exeter, Devon

Marie Leverett


Marie has a strong background in archaeology, heritage and culture, as well as expertise in digital communications.

Marie moved to Exeter to work as a Project Archaeologist for the Exeter Archaeological Field Unit. She then re-trained in digital communications, working with businesses, charities and heritage organisations to help them reach and engage with their target audiences. She has a breadth of technical knowledge in various digital and customer relationship management platforms.

Alongside this she manages community-focused arts and heritage projects, with a proven track record of creating and managing successful public events in a variety of arts and heritage settings. She also enjoys working with volunteers and the public, engaging them in history and heritage in new and innovative ways. 

James Maben, Associate, Heritage Arts and People

James Maben


James is a freelance environmental project manager and Associate at HAP. James has worked on a range of nature-based solution, local nature recovery and species conservation and reintroduction projects. His work incudes GIS mapping and spatial data analysis, options appraisals/feasibility studies, ecological surveys and project development and management.

James brings a wealth of experience from employment over the last 20 years with organisations including Exmoor National Park Authority, Forestry England, Blackdown Hills AONB and FWAG SW. After becoming self-employed in 2019 he has developed and led projects for Devon Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Woodland Trust, Wild Planet Trust and Blackdown Hills AONB.

James Maben, Associate, Heritage Arts and People

Dominic Acland


Dominic is a freelance environmental consultant working mainly on nature conservation, catchment management and community engagement projects in and around Devon. He works as a strategic innovator, project developer, bid-writer and project facilitator, depending on need. He has over 35 years’ experience in the sector which includes urban fringe countryside management (North Tyneside and Torbay Councils) and leading a nature conservation charity (Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust). Since launching his consultancy in 2015, he has worked for Devon County Council, The Woodland Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, the Blackdown Hills and South Devon National Landscapes, among others.